A WIPO administrative panel recently denied a request to transfer the domain name oilchanger.com, finding that the complainant had failed to prove the essential element of enforceable trademark rights in the domain name. Oil Changer, Inc., operator of numerous oil changing facilities in California, claimed that its registration of the marks OIL CHANGER and OIL … [Read more…]
Tech Law Advisor has reported [via John Battelle] that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has denied Google’s motion to dismiss various trademark infringement and dilution claims brought by American Blinds against Google and others related to Google’s AdWords program.
John Welch at the TTABlog provides a detailed analysis of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s recent decision in In re Eddie Z’s Blinds and Drapery, Inc. which affirmed the examiner’s refusal to register BLINDSANDDRAPERY.COM as a trademark. If you’re familiar with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, you can stop reading this post and … [Read more…]
The Seventh Circuit’s recent decision in the case of Native American Arts, Inc. v. The Waldron Corp. may be a bit off-topic for this blog – it’s not a case involving the Internet – but it’s still noteworthy because of its legal novelty and potential interest to trademark practitioners. This is the first reported appellate … [Read more…]
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted summary judgment in favor of a plaintiff who claimed that the defendant’s registration and use of fifteen domain names incorporating variations of plaintiff’s trademark KERACARE caused dilution of the mark. Plaintiff Avlon owns the incontestable trademark registration for the mark KeraCare for hair … [Read more…]